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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Digital Music In The Home, pt 1.44 - HOURS and HOURS...


Found in a box of bits during a recent tidy-up.  It's a wee doo-dad that turned a Commodore Amiga into a SAMPLER, which was massively exciting back in 1994 when I first got hold of one.  It came with software to edit and add effects to soundwaves, and a simple but brilliant tracker, which for usability and immediacy pisses on anything I've seen since:


Did anyone else here fritter away hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours dicking about with one of these, or similar (the Atari ST was the other one, wasn't it)? 

This quote from Rob Playford, talking about producing Goldie's 'Timeless', will probably strike a chord with fellow sample prodders:

"The breakbeat is actually made up of two mono files on the sampler, which I adjusted separately, so that when I stuck them together, I had the break riding up and spinning around in the stereo soundfield. It sounded like nothing we'd ever heard, it was a revelation -- we listened to that for hours and hours." 


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Colorado gold rush ghost town revisited

At the height of the Colorado gold rush, the city of Victor, high up in the Rocky Mountains, had a population of more than 18,000 people. The gold and the prospectors are now long gone, but the town remains - along with a few hundred residents. Photographers, Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low have collaborated as Anderson and Low for twenty-five years. Their haunting photographs of Victor feature in a new book, "City of Mines"
Jonathan Anderson spoke to BBC World Update's Dan Damon about the project.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35061177

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Through The Rainbow Books

Through The Rainbow books, one from  1968 and the other from 1980 both the same, well sort of. Only 12 years separates these books. And yet the images from 1968 might as well be from the 1950s. Sadly I do remember having a 1950s style teacher who did look very much like the woman in these pictures from 1968. The reason I say sadly is because I remember her with fear.........not a day went passed without a large wooden chalk board erasure or heavy book being hurled at a member of the class by her. Another particular fav was if it was raining she would make you stand outside without a coat because "if you are lucky it will wash your naughtiness away" another specialty of hers was to creep up behind you and punch (and I mean punch not slap) you on the back of your head if you were talking. I lived not far from this teacher, and everyday would see her on the way to School, where she would always smile and say good morning, and all the parents thought she was a lovely and wonderful person, but us kids in our tatty snorkel parka's knew better. On the plus side a few years later there was a rather nice chap/teacher who wore a dark green crushed velvet jacket which had leather pads on the elbows. He also had big hair a centre parting and round Lennon glasses. He would start the day by asking everyone how they were? and on a Friday morning the question would always be "who watched Top of the Pops last night?" So not all bad as it turned out. But I digress...........Through the Rainbow, a lovely series of books from a time when things where maybe not so Rainbow (apart from the TV series of course)
 1968
  1980
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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Not So Much A Facelift...



Lovely, 24 minute long PIF on the subject of General Improvement Areas, 1976.  Viewable in full at the BFI site:

http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-not-so-much-a-facelift-1976/

Don't be put off by the bloke with the guitar at the beginning...